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Department of Mathematics & Statistics

MS 476, Math Sciences Building
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada
T. 403.220.6299


Graduate Degrees in Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary offers both a course-based and thesis-based MSc and a PhD degree, with specialization streams in Mathematics and Statistics.

Why Choose the University of Calgary?

Reasons for choosing Calgary:

  • Calgary is one of the safest, friendliest and cleanest cities in the world. Known for its entrepreneurial spirit, it boasts one of the youngest populations of any major urban centre in Canada.
  • Located in the Foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Calgary has some of the best natural recreational areas of any city. Public parks, an extensive network of bike trails, Canada Olympic Park and the Glenmore Reservoir are among the outdoor attractions within the city. 
  • The spectacular Canadian Rockies at the city's doorstep offer unique opportunities for play and adventure at any time of year.
  • Calgary features many attractions, including the world famous Calgary Stampede. The city offers a vibrant and enthusiastic arts and entertainment scene. Sports fans can cheer for the Calgary Flames , the Calgary Stampeders, the Calgary Roughnecks, as well as all of the University of Calgary Dinos teams in a wide range of sports.
  • A robust and modern public transportation system allows students to move about the city using the UPass.

Reasons for choosing the University of Calgary:

  • A young and vibrant campus community geared toward providing students with a memorable university experience, with a highly engaged graduate student population.
  • One of the most culturally diverse student populations among universities in Canada. In partnership with the Graduate Students’ Association, U of C actively engages with its international graduate students to maximize the quality of their experience.
  • Access to top-notch recreation facilities, extensive student services and professional development programs, numerous events, and endless opportunities to meet new people.
  • Home to the Taylor Family Digital Library, a state-of-the-art library with access to an extensive digital scholarship collection, collaborative work spaces, and an incredible visualization studio.

Reasons for choosing the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at the University of Calgary:

  • Award-winning, highly research-active faculty who deliver academic programs of the highest quality.
  • A wide variety of research seminars and presentations featuring nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field.
  • Access to events and seminars hosted by the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) and other multi-institutional organizations that provide deeper connections to the broader Mathematics community.
  • Our  highly active Graduate University Mathematics Society (GUMS).

The Right Degree

Admission to a doctoral program normally requires the applicant to hold a Master's degree in Mathematics or an equivalent qualification. Thus, Bachelor's graduates, including those who seek a doctorate, are admitted into a Master's program at first. A student who excels in the Master's program may be invited to transfer into the Ph.D. program without completing the Master's degree.

The course-based Master's degree is entirely based on course work, thus providing students with a broad background in the field, and includes a final project of modest scope. The thesis-based Master's is a somewhat more specialized degree that includes fewer courses and a substantial thesis. The thesis-based degree is generally considered better preparation for a doctoral degree. Both degrees represent suitable pathways into an industrial career. The fee and funding structures of the two Master's degrees are also different.


Thesis-based students in both the doctoral and the Master's programs pay program fees, while course-based students pay a fee for each course and generally do not receive summer support. More information can be found on our Fees & Funding page and on the Faculty of Graduate Studies  Tuition & Fees  page. 


A variety of entrance fellowships of up to $10,000 are available to incoming PhD and thesis-based Master's students, sponsored by PIMS, the University of Calgary, and the Department of Mathematics & Statistics.  Applicants will be nominated  by the Department on a competitive basis, and both Canadian and international students are eligible. 

The University of Calgary also offers opportunities for a variety of entrance scholarships on a competitive basis. Awards are available to both MSc and PhD applicants, and both Canadian and international students are eligible.

For subsequent years, numerous other scholarship opportunities are available; consult our Fees & Funding page for details.


The official application deadline is January 15 of each year. All supporting documents must be in our office by that date.

Offers of admission are valid until the deadline specified in the offer letter. Admitted students must confirm their plan to attend on or before this date. If you do not indicate your plan to attend by that date, your place may be offered to another qualified candidate. Notifying us once your decision is made assists both you and the Department in planning for the Fall.

More Information

For more information about graduate studies in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, please contact the Department’s Graduate Program Office at grad[at] or the Faculty of Graduate Studies .